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  1. The preliminary results are in! You can read about it in this link: http://www.realhd-audio.com/?p=6993 "Hi-Res Audio or HD-Audio provides no perceptible fidelity improvement over a standard-resolution CD or file." That is just a short summary and take-away; please read the whole article for the full picture.
  2. This is a beautiful song. The original video is probably too harrowing to post here.
  3. LHC

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    Sorry guys for asking an off-topic question. I seem to recall league used to allow Captain-Coaches. Arthur Beetson and Bob Fulton were examples (if my memory serves). The modern game have 'Super Coaches'. Was the idea of captain-coach workable or even successful? I assume the work load today would be too large for one person to put off.
  4. This music video is a break from the norm - it features the musicians' real life wives, instead of models.
  5. Interesting to hear different covers of 'Yesterday' by two young gifted artists. One is already an award winning megastar, the other a fledgling career. I prefer the latter.
  6. I think the instrument that Kami Maltz plays here is called an autoharp. Nice.
  7. As far as covid-19 parodies go this one is pretty funny
  8. The legendary Sony/Columbia Masterwork recordings of Budapest String Quartet playing Beethoven are available on Spotify. How terrific https://open.spotify.com/album/2qsuzJohSCbuD80tAQQxSY?si=FvfWNW4vQzy5vVLwocZxbg
  9. Yes, Todd seems incredibly knowledgable; as are others from that website. 😅 You are fully entitled to your opinion, but would be fun to discuss it here. Now I know how you are going to vote in the ABC Classic 100 Beethoven 😄 https://www.abc.net.au/classic/classic-100/beethoven/
  10. Talented Allison Young team up with Post Modern Jukebox. Looks like a perfect match to me.
  11. Given the lack of F1 action this year, I want to share two videos from last year that offer ideas on making F1 more exciting for fans. I think they are thought provoking.
  12. Does anyone know what to make of this chart on the ACCC Broadband performance chart ('Average daily outages per user lasting longer than 30 seconds') https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/internet-landline-services/broadband-performance-data It is showing TPG and Telstra as having the least amount of outages on average. Optus, Aussie and Exetel are comparatively bad in terms of drop outs.
  13. RIP Enjoyed his reviews through the years
  14. It's Easter, so a little song for our times.
  15. Look a used pair of Emit M20 is available in the Classifieds. Unfortunately located in Brisbane though.
  16. Granted what you said is correct. But if every company use the same practice, does it matter? By using the same approach the consumer can still compare AVR relative to each other, even though one can't know their true level of performance.
  17. Not at all. You've done a good job researching the background and seeking evidence. Even if you managed to only confirm what others already know, IMO that is still well worth doing.
  18. I thought some earlier Arcam AVR can use their surround channels to combine with the main in two channel applications. Kind of like a bi-amp.
  19. It would not be wise to purchase speakers blind without audition. If you have a spare AVR, consider taking it with you to your local hi-fi retailer and ask to use it to audition the M20. That way you get a much better idea of what the combination may sound like. Take your CD or music files with you as well. While there you could ask the sales rep about the pairing.
  20. Dynaudio's 'reputation' for power and current needy was garnered from their more expensive higher end speaker range. Their more affordable Excite range is designed to be driven with receivers in mind, so I won't be surprised if the Emit range is similar in thinking. Looking at their specs the Emit m20 has a sensitive of 86dB which is quite average, i.e. you wouldn't need a very powerful amp to make them play loud. Their impedance is 4 Ohms which means some parts of the music may be more difficult to drive and draws on more current. So that is something to watch out for. Check if your receiver has a tap setting (check the back of the unit) to select its output specifically for 4 Ohms speakers (or for speakers with less than 8 Ohms). That is the correct setting you should be using. This is just my opinion. Ultimately it just depend on how loud you wish to play your music, and what genre of music. If you mainly play at a moderate to medium level, with music that are not overly demanding, then you should be fine. If you can hear distortions in your music as you turn the volume up, then I suggests you back off by turning it down. You won't want to 'clip' your amp and possibly cause damage to your speakers. There are plenty of people in this community who can add much more to the above.
  21. Your concerns are valid. Dr Waldrep does not specify how one should go about doing the comparison, whether one choose to use rapid A/B test, or take one's time to listen and compare over a long time, it is up to the individual. The only thing required is that one do not attempt to analyse the files (to break the 'blind' aspect), and to ensure one's system does not down-convert the files during playback. He is aware of the limitations and deficiency in rigour of this challenge. IMO I think in this case some evidence is better than no evidence, and some dirty data is better than no data.
  22. Dr Waldrep knows better than anyone about the importance of recording and mastering. He operates his own studio for years, makes his own recordings, and lectured much on their importance. He made his views known clearly in this heart-felt article https://audiophilereview.com/audiophile-news/the-truth-about-high-resolution-audio-facts-fiction-and-findings.html I quote: "My enthusiasm for high-resolution has diminished in recent years. After reading numerous studies and articles on the topic, I'm inclined to agree with those that believe Redbook CDs are sufficient to capture all of the fidelity we need when listening to recorded music. I do believe that audio engineers reap tremendous rewards by using high-resolution specifications during recording sessions but that doesn't mean that delivering 96 kHz/24-bit WAV or FLAC files to consumers makes any perceptible difference in the final listening at home. I understand that this position goes against the industry position. In fact, it rejects 20 years of my own thinking. I've spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and releasing over 75 real high-resolution albums. Did I waste all that money and time? What could possibly bring me to reverse my own strongly held position? It was a study - a survey that is happening right now. As part of a sabbatical I was granted during the fall 2019 semester from my college professor gig, I'm conducting a survey open to all music listeners. Those who sign up are provided access to 40 full length, downloadable music files."
  23. Hi Everyone. For your awareness Dr Mark Waldrep has developed a 'blind' test for people to compare a true HD music file mastered in 96 kHz/24-bit PCM, and various carefully down-sampled versions of this file. One could download these music files from this website https://www.realhd-audio.com/?p=6713 to conduct your own listening test and comparison. If you wish to report the results of your own listening test and have it count towards Dr Waldrep's survey of results, please contact him before the END of MARCH. That is when the listening challenge will finally close. He said he has received 200 result already, but are withholding announcing them until the end of March. Please do not write about your comparison result here to make it fair for others who wish to try it on their own. We can certainly discuss the outcome and interpretation once all results become available later.
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